Is Pay Parking Coming to Reston Town Center?

Boston Properties executive says visitors will likely have to pay in the future.

Is paid parking in future?

Possibly. Boston Properties vice president and D.C. general manager Peter Johnson tells the The Washington Business Journal he "suspects it will happen in the near future" but there is no timetable or rate structure in place.

Johnson tells WBJ that Reston Town Center,  really "is an urban setting in a suburban environment."

And in urban envionments, it is common to pay for parking.

Boston Properties owns more than one million square feet of space in Reston, including the South Of Market development (the newer section of RTC). It is also building the The company also recently announced it is heading a group

Earlier this year,

All RTC garages are currently free except for the one at the

Johnson made the comments on Boston Properties' third-quarter earnings conference call.

He said the gates in place at RTC prevent commuters from overwhelming the garages and act as "a means of getting our customer base and the retail base used to the prospect of coming into a controlled environment as a precursor to being able to charge for parking."

Parking is likely to be at a premium after 2013, when Metrorail's Silver Line comes to Wiehle Avenue. A station on Reston Parkway, near RTC, is slated to open several years later.

Wiehle is the only stop on the Silver Line that will have a parking garage. More than 2,000 spaces are planned in the seven-story garage currently under construction.

Would you pay to park at Reston Town Center? Tell us in the comments.


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Ray Wedell August 27, 2012 at 03:23 PM
If we are to succumb to the old adage, "Money talks and ........" then I am afraid you are right. The golf course proposal is so ridiculously outlandish that if we cannot stop that one, you can bring in the proverbial fat lady to start singing.
Aalliiee Marie August 28, 2012 at 01:48 AM
I get my license on Sunday, so this is horrible timing for me. My friends and I go to the Town Center 2-3 times per month (more in the summer) to walk around, see movies, ect, and if they start charging for parking, I don't know what I'll do. Most of them don't have their license yet, so they'll be able to be dropped off, but there is NO WAY I am going to pay money to park at RTC, when I'm already responsible for (and can barely afford to) paying for half of the cost of gas for the family car. I could just go to Tyson's instead of the Town Center, but it's a longer drive and my non-licensed friends wouldn't be able to get rides there (I'm not allowed to transport more than one non-family member at a time for another year). This is insane, not just for adults, but also for the high school-age community as well.
RestonKoolAid September 04, 2012 at 01:56 PM
Oh,here we go. This is what happens when people get greedy. The folks at Boston Properties are seeing all those people and wringing their hands with dollar signs in their eyes, somehow forgetting that all those people show up precisely BECAUSE the parking is plentiful and free. Start sticking meters on those spaces and I fear that much of that foot traffic will disappear. Because as much as Reston Town Center is an "urban setting in a suburban environment", as Peter Johnson puts it, you still must navigate the suburban environment to get to it. In other words, you still have to drive from most places to get here. The public transportation that exists just isn't sufficiently convenient. Just a word of advice from an observant layperson- don't cut off your nose to spite your face, Boston Properties.
Arielle Masters October 25, 2012 at 01:22 PM
Boston Properties is way off base. No way would paid parking make me want to go to RTC unless I had no other option (ie. if I was marching in the RTC holiday parade or in a race there). I don't care how many big buildings outsiders build there, trying to make it LOOK urban; it is NOT urban. I grew up in Reston in the '70s-'80s and have lived nearby since; IMO, RTC was one of the worst things that could have happened to Reston (other than it becoming a ghost town; that would have been worse, but that wasn't going to happen). I *hate* the whole idea of RTC. It's too big, it's overpriced, and it's not at all "Reston". The bigger RTC has gotten, the less I've gone there. Paid parking would kill any remaining desire I'd have to stop by.
Roc Doc November 02, 2012 at 07:12 PM
I live in the Midtown Condominium complex a the RTC so I am not affected the way most of you are. I believe that all of you have very good points to make against instituting pay parking at RTC. However, one valid reason to try something different than we have now is to protect parking for the retailers and restaurants we have here from commuter parking, which could overwhelm the Center, especially since one of you pointed out there will NOT be commuter parking at the Reston Parkway Metro stop. Here is a proposal. 1. Charge for parking from say, 5:00 AM till 10:00 AM weekdays only. This will discourage commuters (I hope). 2. Do not charge employees of RTC businesses during those hours. Give them a card that will allow them free entry 3. Make parking free after 10:00 AM so that people who want to come here to shop and eat, can. 4. Make parking free on weekends. We could discuss if the times I proposed need adjusting and how much to charge. I believe commuter parking could become a problem in the future if nothing is done. If BP is not just a greedy company and really wants to protect the garages from becoming parking for Metro they might consider a proposal such as this. If they are just greedy we will know soon enough.


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